4 suspended in early release of man in deadly Ohio shootings

A person is removed from the Pine Kirk nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio on Friday, May 12, 2017. Authorities say Steven Eric Disario, who headed the Kirkersville Police Department, and two nursing home employees have been killed by a gunman who was later found dead inside the care facility. (Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Four county workers in Ohio are being suspended for the early release of a domestic violence suspect who later killed three people, including a small town police chief.

The suspensions announced Friday come after a review of how 43-year-old Thomas Hartless got out of jail in April.

A month later, on May 12, he fatally shot the police chief in Kirkersville near Columbus and his ex-girlfriend and her co-worker at a nursing home before killing himself.

The Licking County Municipal Court says two probation department employees have been suspended three weeks without pay while two others got two-week suspensions.

The court says one of the employees failed to completely review the court files involving Hartless and made an unsupported recommendation for his early release.

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